Franz Mayer & Co.

Franz Mayer & Co. (Mayer & Co. of Munich) is a famous German stained glass design and manufacturing company, based in Munich, Germany, that has been active throughout most of the world for over 150 years. The firm was very popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and was the principal provider of stained glass to the large Roman Catholic churches that were constructed throughout the world during that period. Franz Mayer and Co. were stained glass artists to the Holy See and, consequently, popular with Roman Catholic clients.[1]

Window by Franz Mayer & Co. for St. Matthew's German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Installation was by the studios of George L. Payne of Patterson, New Jersey.

Works in Ireland

The Mayer Co. is responsible for stained glass in at least ten of Ireland's Cathedral churches (Derry, Thurles, Letterkenny, Ballaghaderreen, Newry, Waterford, Ballina, Enniscorthy, Carlow, and Cobh). The work of Franz Mayer & Co. in Ireland is currently the subject of graduate research at Trinity College Dublin. (as at June, 2013).[2]

Catholic Cathedrals

Detail of a stained glass window featuring St. Dominic receiving the rosary from the Virgin Mary by Franz Mayer in Carlow Cathedral

Church of Ireland Cathedrals

Christs Church Catedral, Lisburn, County Antrim

St Colmans Cathedral, Cloyne, County Cork

Catholic Churches In Ireland

Ballymaghery, Hilltown, County Down;

Church of Ireland Churches

Works in the United States

Close up shot of the Mayer & Co. maker's mark on a stained glass window in St. Edward Catholic Church in Palm Beach, Florida. Image shows the text "Mayer & Co. Munich New York". Image shot 10 Dec 2010.

Works in Canada

Works in the rest of the World


  1. Gerry Convery. “Poetry in Stone: Sacred Heart Church.” (Omagh: Drumragh RC Parish, 1999), p.120.
  2. Department of History of Art & Architecture, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.
  3. The window dedicated to Edward Boyle over the high altar, the finest in the church, was designed and executed at a cost of £600. The window was refurbished between 1938-1948. The stained glass in the side chapels was also their work and mostly donated by the “Broderick Family of New York and Brooklyn,” as well as other families in New York City and St. Louis, Missouri. Gerry Convery. “Poetry in Stone: Sacred Heart Church.” (Omagh: Drumragh RC Parish, 1999), p. 120.
  4. Mayer & Co. also provided the Stations of the Cross at a cost of £35 each for a total of £490. These were refurbished and repainted in 1998 by Irish Contract Seating, Dromod, Co. Leitrim. Gerry Convery. “Poetry in Stone: Sacred Heart Church.” (Omagh: Drumragh RC Parish, 1999). p.122.
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  8. Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. Dominican Sisters - Motherhouse Tour
  11. verified through first hand observation by Tom Fawls on 10 Dec 2012. A photo of the Mayer and Co. mark on one of the St. Edward's windows has been added to this page as verification.
  12. Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. Wilson, Dr. M. and Crawford, Rev. K., Pershore Abbey, Official Abbey Guide, 2008, ISBN 1-872-665-22-5, p.21
  15. Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. Historic England. "Church of St Michael (1507817)". PastScape. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
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